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Guard members mobilize as Hurricane Michael approaches U.S.

By Steve Marshall | National Guard Bureau October 9, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Governors in Alabama, Florida and Georgia have declared states of emergency prior to the landfall of Hurricane Michael, which is predicted for Wednesday. And National Guard members are mobilizing to assist communities and residents in need.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott pulled no punches in warning state residents in the storm's path: "I can not emphasize enough - Hurricane Michael is forecast to be the most destructive storm to hit the Florida panhandle in decades. It will be life-threatening and extremely dangerous. You cannot hide from this storm. You can rebuild your home; you cannot rebuild your life."

In a tweet, Scott said 2,500 Florida National Guard members have been activated. The governor said the state has more than 4,000 Guard members available for deployment.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey urged residents to prepare. "Please stay weather-aware today and tomorrow for any forecast changes," she said. "Most importantly, heed all warnings and instructions from local authorities."

"We have vehicles, equipment and manpower ready. If you need us, we are always there," the Alabama National Guard said on its Facebook page.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 92 counties Tuesday morning and urged residents to pay attention to forecasts and to authorities.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the storm packed winds of 110 mph, just below the threshold for a Category 3 hurricane. Its predicted storm surge was 12 feet.



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